Category: This Kid I Know

This Kid I Know: Maddy


You know the people that you can hang out with in any scenario?

Like, it could be a one-on-one Sunday brunch or a 3 a.m. party on Saturday night with all of your other friends.

Maddy is one of those people for me.

His actual name is Madhav, but I affectionately nicknamed him Maddy.

And I love spending time with him at all times of the day, no matter what state I’m in. Nor do I ever really feel self-conscious about what I look like. I could be in a sparkly dress or in pajamas, and I’m pretty sure he would still crack the same jokes and treat me the same.

At first, he was only the dude generous enough to lend out his GameCube to the first floor lounge. I met a great group of guys in the first few weeks of fall quarter playing Super Smash Bros, but what really solidified Maddy and I’s friendship was not an afternoon of playing video games, but a fire drill that forced all of our dorm’s residents outside one chilly Friday.

Since then, we have established that we are basically the same people.  Continue reading

This Kid I Know: Navin

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If you ever are privileged to interact one on one with an individual like Navin, consider yourself lucky.

Like myself, he thrives in small group conversations. It takes a while to coax him out of his shell, but once you do, you will be glad you did. He has a hidden layer of craziness underneath, did you know?

Beyond this, he is one of the most easy going individuals I’ve ever encountered. Super go-with-the-flow, taking life as it comes.

That’s because this Bronx native grew up in one of the world’s most magical cities, though he shrugs it off like it’s no big deal. But I envy that he has grown up taking a subway to school everyday in a town where daily happenings constantly make the news, and the best and only way to get by is to accept and adapt to change.  Continue reading

This Kid I Know: Curtis

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Isn’t this about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

Looks are deceiving. I love driving up next to people who see an innocent-looking Asian girl, only to be disproved by my rolling down the window and unleashing hell in the form of sizzurpin’ trap music (I didn’t use that word correctly).

Similarly, one of the toughest looking guys out there is an emotional sweetie (in the most macho way possible).

Curtis and I met last year at debate camp (what’s new), though we barely talked. We didn’t really become friends until our mutual friend Greg helped me to convince him that I had gone to jail for starting a fight, and that I had a mad potato tattoo on my stomach.  Continue reading

This Kid I Know: Vicky


She’s the model, I’m just an amateur…<Zoo Atlanta 2014>

Don’t forget, peeps, I only write these for people who have requested them. If you were being sarcastic…sucks.

Vicky isn’t just some kid I know. She is the best kid I know. She has been with me the entirety of her existence. I love being her big sister, and this Thought Catalog article knows exactly what’s going on.

If you didn’t know, I’m 18, a college freshman, and my sister, a high school sophomore, is turning 16 today.

She’s always been super sporty her whole life, playing tennis, lacrosse, running track and cross-country, and dancing ballet, while I’ve been pretty sedentary my whole life.

But, like me, she’s always enjoyed reading, and I remember that we would spend whole days when we were young just sitting on a couch, reading our books in silence.  Continue reading

This Kid I Know: Bryant


To put it simply, Bryant is my oldest friend. We’ve known each other since the beginning of time, way before pre-school began. During the rough elementary years, we didn’t attend school together, but I think I saw you here and there at tennis practices and remembered the fun times we’d had as toddlers, toddling around Disneyland and North Carolina and whatnot. Continue reading